After being totally charmed and captivated by the The Lego Movie (it’s as good as any Disney/Pixar film in recent years – you should see it if you have little ones or not, seriously!), I decided to take a trip down to Winter Haven, Florida where there have been numerous additions and upgrades recently to Legoland Florida.
While the Miniland USA area is far from new in the park, I always find some new beautiful storytelling peppered into the highly detailed landscapes Legoland has recreated each time I go. Such as this area of Little Havana, where senior citizens roll up in their wheelchairs and play checkers and chess all day.
Until you find this one bad ass Grandpa who clearly has had enough chess and flips over the entire table with his walking cane!
Over in the Lego recreation of Saint Augustine is this tiny fountain of youth. Notice all the grey haired Lego people walking up to the fountain via walker, wheelchair or walking cane. Once they get a taste of the good stuff, their hair turns back to it’s natural color, they shed their clothes and run away with their canes in the air rejoicing! Click on the picture for a better view.
If you’re a fan of spotting Hidden Mickeys at Disney, then Miniland is a gold mine for you. Recently, Legoland began hiding the stars of the Lego Movie throughout Miniland for guests to find.
President Business, Wyldstyle, Batman, Emmet and more are all hidden amongst the landscape of Miniland and it’s your job to find them.
Some characters are easier to spot than others and after spending over an hour in Miniland, I could only find President Business and Wyldstyle!
Luckily, there are several photo opportunities with “full size” Lego Movie characters like Batman in the Imagination Zone.
There are plenty of photo opportunities available if you are a fan of The Lego Movie. Here’s hoping that the success of the film spurs Legoland to build a full blown attraction around the film.
On select dates, photo opportunities are available with Wyldstyle and Emmet. Something tells me that due to the popularity of the movie, these characters may become permanent in the park. Only time will tell.
As many of you theme park history buffs know, Legoland Florida sits on the land previously occupied by Cypress Gardens.
Since the park was bought out from bankruptcy, sections of the former gardens area of the park has not been open to the public since it opened in October 2011 as Legoland Florida.
Unfortunately, when Cypress Gardens closed in 2009, the gardens section of the park was in desperate need of repair and maintenance. After the park sat dormant for two years, the situation got worse.
When Legoland Florida opened, they naturally wanted to focus on rebranding it as a Lego park with new rides and attractions for children. This meant that the project to completely restore the gardens was put on the back burner and has been completed in phases.
Not only did they restore the gardens to their former glory, it honestly looks better than any other of my previous visits when I toured the park when it was Cypress Gardens. Since it is tucked in the back of the park and features no attractions or rides, it’s a wonderful break from the midway of hundreds of children running on sugar energy.
Finally, speaking of a sugar rush, Legoland’s specialty, Granny’s Apple Fries need to be tried. It’s thinly sliced pieces of Granny Smith apples, lightly battered and deep fried, then tossed with cinnamon-sugar and served with a side of whip cream. If you’ve never tried them, they are fantastic. They can easily stand toe-to-toe with such theme park food legends as Disney’s Dole Whips, Universal’s Butterbeer and Knott’s Fried Chicken.
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